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IFA Shield: United SC 1-4 Crystal Palace

28 February 2016

Francis Baptiste netted a hat-trick as Crystal Palace moved a step closer to the knockout stages of the IFA U19 Shield in India by beating United SC 4-1.

Another emphatic win from the Eagles means they need just a point from their final group game against East Bengal on Monday to clinch a spot in the semi-finals later this week.

Baptiste grabbed his first of the game on seven minutes but after that the Kolkata side had chances to equalise, however Ansar Ali Mondal failed to keep his effort on target and Provat Lakra missed with a header before the half-hour mark.

But the striker, who has been at the club since the age of 12, grabbed his second just three minutes after the restart before scoring the competition's first hat-trick seven minutes later to put the result to bed.

United grabbed a consolation through Sandip Bhattacharjee in the 74th minute, but in injury-time Levi Lumeka scored his third of the tournament to round off the scoring and edge Ken Gillard's side closer to the final four.

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